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The Town of Franklin has entered into a contractual agreement with Tony Angel Media to serve as a consultant for the Franklin Main Street Program.

"The Town of Franklin is pleased to have Tony Angel Media serve in a consulting role for the Franklin Main Street Program,” said Summer Woodard, Town Manager. “Mr. Angel has a long history with Main Street and we’re looking forward to working with him to provide guidance to the program during this period of transition.”

The Franklin Main Street Program is currently without an Executive Director.

“I’m delighted to be working with Ms. Woodard and the Town on this project,” said Tony Angel.

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According to the World Health Organization, recent global figures indicate that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

With the statistics of violence against women in the United States alarmingly high, organizations such as RAD – Rape Aggression Defense – have sprung up to help women take control of their lives.

Since taking on the role as Franklin Police Chief David Adams has made it his mission to hold RAD courses for individuals in the county. A program he built during his tenure in Hendersonville, RAD is a national, innovative self-defense course for women designed to help them avoid becoming the victim of a sexual assault. It helps women enhance situational awareness and develop confidence so they can thwart an attacker and escape quickly from a bad situation.

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Monday night, Macon County Sheriff’s Department (MCSO) ended a five-day search for inmate Charles Andrew Cochran without incident. The MCSO SWAT was able to take Cochran down at a residence with a little struggle, but no injuries.

Cochran escaped from the detention center Wednesday around 9 p.m. while on trash detail for the Sheriff’s Office trustee program.

According to a statement released by the MCSO on Thursday, during the evening of July 30 at approximately 9 p.m. detention officers were utilizing two inmates to do routine maintenance in and around the Macon County Detention Center. After completing the tasks assigned, a detention officer took the two inmates out to dispose of the garbage, as is done on a daily basis. It was at this time that inmate Charles Andrew Cochran, 21, of Franklin, ran into a deeply wooded area next to the detention center and disappeared.

 

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Last Wednesday night, the Franklin Town Hall hosted Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute (PPI) along with many members of the community for a question and answer forum in hopes of providing a clear picture of the future for the Town of Franklin.

“Towns are having a difficult time in Western North Carolina. Franklin is actually doing pretty well. A lot of places are suffering more than Franklin is,” said Dr. Todd Collins, director of the PPI. "Our purpose is to just facilitate. We have no vision. The mayor may have his vision, you may have your vision. We want to hear your ideas."

Brian Burgess took the lead on the project moving through a slide show that posed many questions to the crowded room. For quite a while now, empty buildings, crumbling sidewalks, and at times, a stagnant economy have filled discussions between town officials and various civic groups. At this meeting in particular however, individuals on behalf of only themselves, were given the opportunity to share their opinions.

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Public servants explain responsibilities of the position.

Macon County citizens take to the polls every two years to decide who would be the best representatives for the county. County commissioners are elected to serve their respective districts and make important decisions that affect all county residents. It is public knowledge that the commissioners convene once a month to discuss matters pertaining to the county and to consider important county business, but what do they do beyond that? What does it take to be a county commissioner and what sort of commitment have the five men who currently sit on the Macon County board made to the citizens?

We wanted to know just that, so we asked them. To start, we asked why they wanted to run for office, and if their reason has changed.

Commissioner Ron Haven was first sworn in to represent District II of Macon County in 2010, and is up for re-election this year. When asked why he first ran for office, and if that had changed, Haven said, “I felt like Macon County could have been run responsibly for far less tax money. Has that reason changed? I still believe with the right interest it can be.”

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To help ease congestion and prevent collisions, the North Carolina Department of Transportation placed a “No U-Turn” sign at the intersection of East Main Street and the Highlands Road.

The sign, which was placed in the left turning lane turning from East Main Street toward McDonald’s and Hardee’s, was placed by the DOT about two months ago on June 6. The sign now requires that vehicles turning into McDonald’s or the Dollar General go through the light, turn left at the light, then enter the business through the back entrance.

Previously, vehicles heading east on East Main Street using the left turning lane at the red light, would make a U-turn into McDonald’s or Dollar General. The U-Turn was deemed unsafe as vehicles would encounter traffic turning left off of the Highlands Road or right off Lakeside Drive.

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Arthur Phalo (L), center director at Lyndon B. Johnson Civilian Conservation Center, was named as the Outstanding Business Leader for 2013-2014 by the Rotary Club of Franklin Daybreak.

Phalo has been instrumental in supporting various organizations in the community by encouraging his students to take an active role in local events and fundraising projects.

He was also the driving force behind securing accreditation for the LBJCCC.

The award was presented by Charles Thun.

 

 

Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) assistance for losses to bush or tree fruit crops due to frost or freeze during the 2012 crop year. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides supplemental NAP payments to eligible producers.

Farmers who did not have access to crop insurance and are in primary and adjacent counties that received a secretarial disaster designation because of frost or freeze in 2012 are eligible for NAP assistance. Losses due to weather damage or other adverse natural occurrences may also qualify for program assistance.

NAP enrollment began July 22. Applications must be submitted to FSA county offices by Sept. 22, 2014.

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The Town of Franklin's Board of Aldermen met on Monday night and without any discussion, passed a resolution to oppose hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, but especially in Franklin and its surrounding areas. There was no discussion from the board because there was no need for discussion as a result of a vibrant turnout from the local population to voice their opinions about “fracking,” none of which were positive.

In 2012, the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act was ratified. The law, reconstitutes the state's Mining Commission as the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission and also gives the commission the power to develop a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration in N.C. – including the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The room was near capacity with members of the community taking the opportunity to speak during the public session portion of the meeting.

A major concern with the act of horizontal drilling is the displacement of the plates that are under the earth's surface. The fear being that earthquakes may become likely and of larger impact as Franklin resident Larry Stenger told the board.

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On Saturday, August 2, Rolando Duvergel Jr., 18, of Potts Branch Road in Franklin was arrested and charged with felony first degree sex offense with a child according to an arrest warrant obtained from the Macon County Clerk of Court.

According to Sheriff Robert Holland, the incident was reported after a witness walked in as the assault was being committed on a young boy.

“Duvergel is a member of the boy's family. Another family member walked in during the act and from there detectives were called in,” he said.

A medical exam was then conducted of the victim. Duvergel was arrested and remains in the Macon County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

If the defendant were to make bond, he will be required to provide fingerprints and a DNA sample to remain on file.

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